I tend to watch every movie ever made from her works...with the exception of Mansfield Park. (Really, why can Hollywood & the BBC not leave poor Fanny Price as she was written? She was not an outstanding feminist, she was not an aspiring writer...she was a morally upright young woman who looked boring next to her less than virtuous counterpart, Mary Crawford.) I have my favorite actors for each character....while Greer Garson was charming, I prefer Keira Knightly for making Lizzy seem more like someone you'd want to spend a girls' night out with. My favorite Mr.Bennett is Donald Sutherland, Mrs.Bennett-Mary Boland, Lady Catherine -Edna May Oliver, Mr.Bingley-Simon Woods.....and so on.
In short, I adore all things Miss Austen. I've even branched out into the world of not-quite-Austen with books & films like The Jane Austen Book Club, Bride & Prejudice (thank you, Bollywood), Lost in Austen (BBC), Bridget Jones's Diary, and Twilight (yes, there are some serious P&P undertones in Twilight). So when I saw Pride & Prejudice & Zombies on the book shelf at Wal-Mart, I couldn't resist...even though I rarely purchase books. I knew one of two things would happen, I'd revel in the silliness & adore it, or it would infuriate me. Either way, I couldn't pass it up, after all, parody is the sincerest form of flattery.
It was fantastic! The author took the original novel & tossed in zombies, ninjas, blood, brains, and sword wielding Bennett sisters. I laughed until my abs hurt.
I immediately became a fan of the novel & the publisher on Facebook. That's when I found out the publisher, Quirk Classics were planning more novels on the same thread. Next up? Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I was excited, but honestly, not as sure about this one. Still, when it was available, I picked it up.
I think S&S&SM may have been even better than P&P&Z. Who knew the Dashwood sisters lived in constant peril from the denizens of the sea?
If you've stuck through this post to this point, you deserve a treat. Here it is: The First Ever Memoirs of a FarmWife Bloggy Give-Away!!! You read that right, Farmies. I'm going to give away something. More specifically, I'm going to give away a copy of Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters. You see, I won a copy on a Facebook contest a few weeks back (I'd like to tell you more, but that won't work with my whole anonymity thing I've got going on here) and since I already have a copy (that's at QM's house for you to read first, Art), I'm going to give this one to one lucky Memoirs reader.
Here's what I need you to do....Post a comment & spread the word. I was going to contrive a contest of sorts, but since this is my first give-away, I've decided to skip the work & head straight to the prize. Leave me a comment (on this post, please) and spread the word a bit...Blog, Twitter, Facebook, email, text message, town crier, what ever floats your boat. I'll give you a week; Monday night I will draw a name out of a hat (or some such thing) and that reader will get their very own copy of Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters.
On your mark, get set, GO!
Oh, and if this goes well, maybe I give away more Quirk Classics as they become available.